Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives which would penalize doctors for failing to provide necessary care to infants who survive an abortion. The bill is similar to a proposal recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
The bill is known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. If enacted into law, it would mandate that a doctor exercise “skill, care, and diligence” to preserve the life of a child who is born alive following an attempted abortion.
There is already a federal law on the books known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which was adopted by Congress in 2002. However, that law failed to include any enforcement mechanisms, which the latest bill incorporates. The intentional killing of an infant born alive could result in a prison sentence of up to 5 years.
“I have been horrified to watch radical legislators argue that babies who survive abortions should not be given the same level of medical care that all other newborns receive,” Representative Wagner says. “Congress must act to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
“This is the simplest vote a member of Congress will ever take,” Wagner added. “Either you support babies being killed after they are born, or you don’t. It is time to go on the record and make clear if you think babies born alive deserve medical care, or if you think they should be left to die.”
Capitol Hill has become engulfed in a swirling debate over late-term abortions following the introduction of a bill in Virginia that would allow abortions up to and including the time the birthing process begins. Virginia delegate Kathy Tran admitted that her proposal would allow a preborn child to be killed even as a woman is dilated and labor has begun.
Disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Notham went even further in embracing the concept that a child could be left to die after he or she is born “if that’s what the mother and family desired.” In one of the most shocking annals in the history of the abortion debate in America, liberal lawmakers and the ultraliberal media have nodded at Notham’s defense of infanticide.
The Virginia controversy followed the passage in New York State of a radical abortion-on-demand law pushed by militant pro-abortion Governor Andrew Cuomo. That new law suspended virtually all restrictions and regulations on abortion, and explicitly authorized any and all abortions throughout the duration of a woman’s pregnancy.
Desperate to defend such barbaric conduct, many extreme abortion apologists have resorted to the longstanding fiction that most late-term abortions are performed because the unborn child has a “fatal fetal anomaly.” Yet even Planned Parenthood’s own research partner, the Guttmacher Institute, has documented that such claims are untrue.
A 2013 study by Guttmacher found that most women seeking late-term abortions fit one of five profiles: 1) they were raising children alone; 2) they were using illicit drugs or were depressed; 3) they were in conflict with their male partner; 4) they had delayed their decision to abort; or 5) they were young and had never given birth before.
Dr. Mike Chupp, the Executive Vice President of the Christian Medical Assocation (CMA), says that “this is where the deceptive devaluing of human life leads.” “Abortion advocates began by saying a developing baby is just a ‘blob of tissue’, ignoring ultrasound images that show babies with beating hearts moving in the womb. Now they say that no one can restrict abortion even at the point of birth, ignoring how utterly repulsive this is to the American people.”
Dr. Gene Rudd, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is Senior Vice President of the CMA, says that there are always two patients in pregnancy. “If a pregnancy needs to come to an end in the late months, a delivery can be accomplished. The only reason to do an abortion is to produce a dead baby. Has our society become so heartless that we will condone the killing of babies capable of living apart from their mothers?”
Jonathan Imbody, the Vice President for Government Relations at CMA, says that the abortion industry is succeeding at “radicalizing” legislatures across the country. “These politicians are so beholden to the abortion lobby that they will support and even celebrate legislation that a huge majority of Americans find gut-wrenchingly abhorrent. Remember this the next time you go to the polls.”